Blogs have definitely got their own unique vocabulary. So if you get stuck with a new word that relates to blogging, look here for your unofficial answer:
Blogger – The person who owns the blog.
Blog Hopping – Hopping from one blog to another by clicking on link after link, usually starting with a blogroll. Sound familiar?
Blogging – The process of regularly updating an online journal or newsletter that is readily accessible to the general public where entries are commonly displayed in reverse chronological order.
Blogosphere – The whole blogging community.
Blogroll – A list of the blogger’s favorite blogs, with links, in the sidebar of the blog.
Blogsnob – When someone responds only to the comments left on their blog by their friends and not others.
Comment Spam – When robots or spambots give a flood of fake comments on a blog. Have Akismet or some other comment spam trapping software installed to limit this problem.
Linkfest – A post containing several links to other bloggers’ blog posts. The links are chosen by the blog owner.
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Link Love – Linking to another’s blog because you like it, not because you were asked to.
No-Follow / Do-Follow – Links within comments are, by default, set up with the “no-follow” tag which tells search engines to NOT follow the links and index them, supposedly to prevent sharing PR (Google Page Rank). Many blogs now have set up “do-follow” links which encourage people to leave comments and gain links to their site.
Permalink – If you wanted to post a link to a single post somewhere, you would use this unique URL. A “pretty” permalink is usually comprised of the keywords in the item title, and when done well, is great for your readers AND search engine optimization.
Ping – When someone else writes about the blogger’s original post, the trackback, or ping, notifies the original blogger. A ping also notifies the major search engines that you have added new content to your blog.
Podcasting – When a blogger posts audio or video on their blog and RSS feed. A good pod-casting plugin will help you syndicate your poscasts through Apples I-Tunes software.
RSS Feed – A web feed that publishes updated content from blogs or news headlines. RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. Originally RSS feeds could only be read in special “reader” software. Now they can now be read in many modern web browsers and converted by services like Feedburner to be read in email.
Slug – The actual file name given to a blog post e.g. this-is-my-post – which is usually comprised of the keywords in the post title.
Theme – The overall blog look or design of the blog. The look of your blog can be easily changed by changing the theme. There are many free and paid themes to choose from that work with a WordPress blog.
Trackback – By sending a ping alert, a blogger can see who has written about his original blog post and referenced it.
WordPress – Free software that allows you to develop your own blog, either hosted on your own web server, or hosted on WordPress.com
There you have it! An incomplete and entirely “unofficial” blog vocabulary list.
Rest assured that as time goes on, even more blogging words will be invented. The next time you come across a word related to blogging, look here for the meaning, then get back to work making your blog the best blog it can be.
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